Roost­ers and Mag­pies swoop in early matches

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - GEOFF MANN MEL POCKNALL

THE Co­bar Roost­ers also created his­tory when their Youth League side downed Coon­am­ble Bears 30-28 to win the club’s initial Castlereag­h League ti­tle.

The ban­tam Roost­ers, who only en­tered the League last year, had to bat­tle hard be­fore rais­ing the Pre­miers’ Shield.

Scores were locked 12-all at half time, but the Chooks flew af­ter the break to open up a two con­verted try lead.

The Bears hit back af­ter an in­cred­i­ble 90 me­tre bust and run by De­wayne Ham­mond and fol­lowed up with another a few min­utes later. Just a missed goal sep­a­rated the young stars be­fore Co­bar hooker Hamish Mcleod crossed for his sec­ond try.

The Bears bat­tled bravely in the dy­ing min­utes to claw one back, but the full-time hooter beat them.

Co­bar’s lock Johnny Best was se­lected as the player of the grand fi­nal, whilst Coon­am­ble’s five-eighth, Liam Fer­nando, was named Castlereag­h League Youth League Player of the Year.

Mean­while the Bara­dine Mag­pies se­cured back to back league tag pre­mier­ships when they saw off the chal­lenge from the Coonabarab­ran Uni­corns. In a highly en­ter­tain­ing de­cider, the Mag­pie’s full­back Maria Nagy showed why she is the Castlereag­h League Tag player of the Year, scor­ing two tries and con­vert­ing one to clinch a 14-4 win.

“She is an out­stand­ing player and showed all her skills to­day. She is fast and her ex­cep­tional dou­ble-kick chase was a high­light for the big crowd, who wit­nessed Maria in ac­tion for the first time,” Castlereag­h League Pres­i­dent “Bomber” Thrift told the vo­cal crowd dur­ing post-match pre­sen­ta­tions.

The Uni­corns hard work­ing sec­ond rower P.J. Stan­ton was named as the Castlereag­h League player of the year whilst Gil­gan­dra’s Kieren Hazel­ton was a stand­out in the grand fi­nal and was judged as the player of the grand fi­nal.

Christie and Hood Castlereag­h League Grand Fi­nals Youth League

Co­bar Roost­ers 30 (Hamish Mcleod 2, Johnny Best 2, Tyson Bril­ley tries, Lach­lan Ford 3, Braith Good 2 goals) d Coon­am­ble Bears 26 (Dwayne Ham­mond 2, Earl Green­away, Liam Fer­nando, Koby Thurston tries, Fer­nando 3 goals)

League Tag

Bara­dine Mag­pies 14 (Maria Nagy 2, Holly Lewis tries, Nagy goal) d Coonabarab­ran Uni­corns 6 (Hay­ley Wal­ton try, Teaghan Bar­ron goal)

Maria Nagy (right), player of the match, Castlereag­h league Tag Player of the Year.

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